Critical Drainage Area reviews

Critical Drainage Area reviews

Critical drainage areas can cover wide areas within both rural and urban environments: villages towns (such this example from Barnstaple in North Nevon) cities (for example London has many including much of Chelsea) They are where man made drainage infrastrure has been identified as at critical risk of failure, resulting in flooding. Such areas can be completely different or similar, to the areas identified by the Environment Agency as at risk of natural watercourse, river and sea flooding.   So how is a Critical Drainage Area...

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Abingdon Tennis Club given green light at planning for flood mitigation plans

Abingdon Tennis Club given green light at planning for flood mitigation plans

When Abingdon Tennis Club started planning to extend and improve its facilities for the use of the local community, the risk of flooding was rightly flagged up by the Council and local residents. The Club turned to Wilsham Consulting, as a local specialist in sustainable civil engineering design to review and advise on the flooding issues. Some residents were concerned that the works could make the existing flooding worse, a genuine concern in relation to many similar multi use games area (MUGA) developments.   In the past...

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Code for sustainable homes – hydrology reports towards sur1 and sur2

Code for sustainable homes – hydrology reports towards sur1 and sur2

All new social housing schemes in England must have a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) rating. While many local authorities in England are requiring the Code for Sustainable Homes to be met as a condition of the planning for private housing schemes. We assist Clients, Architects and others involved in projects to identify or design sustainable drainage and flood risk mitigation works and advise on compliance and performance against the categories Sur 1 (Surface Water Run-off) and Sur 2 (Flood Risk). The Code for Sustainable Homes was...

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Sustainable civil engineering construction – is 95% recycled material achievable?

Sustainable civil engineering construction – is 95% recycled material achievable?

Most developments in the UK consider the carbon impact of the building construction and ongoing operational energy impact. Yet few address the whole carbon and environmental impact of development of developments, to include the civil engineering elements. Perhaps this is an arrogance that “the building” is seen as so more important that the infrastructure that supports it. Or perhaps it is because the UK consultants can often lack the expertise in civil engineering design sustainability and fail to communicate the benefits. One...

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Basement impact assessment advice

Basement impact assessment advice

A basement impact assessment is an independent professional engineering review of a basement proposal.  There are no common standards or fixed requirements for basement impact assessments, although each Council has similar elements which they require to be appropriately addressed. Typically, there are three general elements to a basement impact assessment. They should be addressed by three appropriately qualified and insured organisations: The hydraulic civil engineering element – This should be undertaken by a professional Civil Engineering...

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Gatwick Airport Radar Tower avoids Christmas 2013 River Mole Flood

Gatwick Airport Radar Tower avoids Christmas 2013 River Mole Flood

The floods at Gatwick Airport around Christmas 2013 in relation to the River Mole caused considerable disruption when an electrical substation flooded. Such disruption to key infrastructure is completely unnecessary if competent Civil Engineering Consultants are employed to assess sites and produce appropriate flood mitigation solutions. At Wilsham Consulting our Engineers have experience of flood mitigation design for a wide range of clients, from domestic sites to key infrastructure. A good example of this is the NATS Gatwick Airport Radar...

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